Burnham’s Field Getting All Clean and Shit! Lend a hand April 21st!

Joey,     Hi my name is Ambrose Orlando and I am getting a group of hopefully quite a few people to go down to burnhams field and clean up on April 21 at 9am if u could give us a shout out on ur page that would be greatly appreciated.ThanksAmbrose

Gail Levin, author of Hopper’s Places Has Some Nice Things To Say About Our Catherine Ryan’s Work

What exciting work all the sleuths in Gloucester are doing tracking Edward Hopper’s footprints! I sure wish that I had had the power of the internet when I was first doing my research on Hopper in the 1970s and early 1980s, but there was no internet presence then. Most folks I encountered in Gloucester had never even heard of Hopper. Congratulations to all the people finding Hopper’s presence and to those who conceived of the website.

With best wishes,Gail Levin, author Hopper’s Places, Edward Hopper: A Catalogue Raisonne, Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography, and other books

Safe Harbor


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain

What a Difference a Day Makes

Yesterday we were hanging out with my favorite wolf at Wolf Hollow in Essex freezing our asses off.


And today on Lansdowne Street outside Fenway Park I can almost say in the past hour it has gotten downright hot. Hope the Red Sox stay hot like this Italian Sausage Rubber Duck and I are having. Not an Ambie but it is the locale that gives it the zing.


ps. Did anyone catch the moon right before sunrise this morning? The smallest waxing crescent I have seen in a while. If it is crystal clear tomorrow it should be even smaller, (yuck clouds predicted.) New moon on the 10th.

Shout Out to Professor Gandhi

So many, many thanks to my former botany professor, Dr. Kanchi Gandhi, who sent my BomBom Butterflies video to many of his colleagues, friends, and students. My video is getting a growing number of hits in India! I loved every second of Doctor Gandhi’s class and wished often I could be his full time student. Professor Gandhi’s classes are held at the Harvard University Herbaria, with more than 5 million plant specimens. Along with its library, the Herbaria forms the world’s largest university owned herbarium.


Doctor Gandhi’s interests are in the areas of plant nomenclature, plant morphology, and plant taxonomy. He is currently working on the International Plant Name Index, the HUH lookup tables, and Flora of North America project. In 2010 he was awarded the American Society of Plant Taxonomist Distinguished Service Award, which is only given occasionally and reserved for individuals who have made exceptional efforts for ASPT or the plant-systematics community in general.

Kanchi Gandhi ASPT presentation

India is a country rich in flora and many species of butterlies. A beautiful Indian butterfly we on Cape Ann may find particularly interesting is the Blue Tiger Butterfly (Tirumala limniace).

Blue Tiger Butterfly Tirumala limniace

It bears a striking resemblance to our Monarch Butterfly (both members of Nymphalidae, sub-family Danainae, or Brush-foot Family of butterflies) with the clearly defined mitten-shaped cell on the underside of the hindwing. And like our Monarch caterpillars, Blue Tiger caterpillars generally feed on the milkweed family of plants (Asclepiadaceae). Another similarity is that the Blue Tiger migrates through Southern India, although the distance traveled is not quite as long as that of the Monarchs.

Images Courtesy Google Image Search

Beeman 4th & 5th Graders present “Oliver” the Musical Wed & Thursday

You know how we love to promote taking your kids to see live music.  Well for all of you who say, “Yeah, yeah, Ok.  Someday we’ll do that,”  this Wednesday & Thursday are your some-days.  Lisa Smith sent the following video preview and a little note about it:

Here is a sneak peek of the musical “Oliver” a 5th Grade production at Beeman Memorial School Performances are on April 10 & 11 at 7PM. Heidi Dallin directs this production, Beth Goldberg is musical director.

Wednesday’s with Fly Amero ♪♫♪ Special guests Julie Dougherty and Woody Woodward.

Surf & Turf Specials!
Wednesdays Only!Hello everyone!
Wednesday, April 10th
Special Guests:  Julie Dougherty
(and Woody Woodward)!

From her site: Julie Dougherty has recently released her third
CD, The Sweet Unraveling. This disc begins yet another chapter
in a full and rewarding career of writing and performing as one
of the finest divas in New England’s substantial folk/pop arena.
With over 30 years as a career singer-songwriter, Julie has well
established herself as a respected and loved performer in the
region’s folk scene. In addition, Julie has enjoyed extensive
forays into the music scenes of Nashville, Texas, and Los Angeles.
Read more…  http://www.juliedougherty.net/
Dinner with Fly Amero: 8 – 11pm
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Surf & Turf Dinner –  $11.95 (while they last)
Tenderloin Tips with Grilled Garlic Shrimp!
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Apr. 17: T-Max (of the “Noise”)

Apr. 24: Elaine O’Rourke

May 1: Charlee Bianchini

Looking forward…
…to seeing you there!  🙂 ~ Fly

Community Photos 4/8/13

Hi Joey!

A few of us just graduated from the “Become an Expert” wine series at Savour Wine and Cheese on Prospect Street and had such a great time I wanted to share…  The classes were so full of information as to taste, production, food pairing, along with many laughs – they just flew by, we learned more than we’ll ever remember and made friends as well!  Kathleen was a wonderful instructor and her shop is just beautiful!!